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Doctors commonly work while sick despite understanding risks

A recent survey revealed that many medical practitioners go to work even if they are feeling ill, despite being aware that they may be compromising the health of the patients under their care, Reuters reported on July 6.

In the research conducted by Julia Szymczak and her team, they found out that over 95 percent of medical practitioners believe that patients can be negatively affected when treated by sick doctors and nurses. However, 83 percent of the same respondents admitted to going to work in the past year while feeling ill. Doctors more than other workers were prone to this behavior. One Houston Doctor who co-wrote a response to this study, Dr. Jeffrey Starke, said that most hospitals have policies to screen visitors for illnesses, but a similar system is not in place for medical workers.

A sick doctor may expose you to a harmful illness, or may be more likely to make careless mistakes. The lawyers of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., in West Palm Beach believe that medical workers and hospitals should be held fully accountable when negligence results in a worsened medical condition or a harmful mistake. If this has happened to you, enlist the help of a medical malpractice attorney by calling (561) 689-8180 today.

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